Watch SL v Zim 1st test day 1 Full HD highlights today from Harare Sports Club (Zimbabwe), Saturday 29th October 2016. Last series against Australia at home ground Sri Lanka won all three test matches from them but in ODI and t20 formats SL performance was not appreciable. DM de Silva from Sri Lanka was the highest runs scorer in Warne-Muralitharan Trophy 2016.
He scored 325 runs with the highest 129 in six innings, BKG Mendis was second good batted batsmen with 296 runs and LD Chandimal scored 250 runs. HMRKB Herath took twenty-eight wickets in six innings off 145 overs with 357 runs. MDK Perera took fifteen wickets in 131 overs with 372 runs and PADLR Sandakan took nine wickets but in five innings.
Toss: Herath wins his first toss as captain, and chooses to bat.
Sri Lanka team
JK Silva, FDM Karunaratne, BKG Mendis, MDKJ Perera†, DM de Silva, WU Tharanga, DAS Gunaratne, MDK Perera, HMRKB Herath*, RAS Lakmal, CBRLS Kumara.
TMK Mawoyo, BB Chari, H Masakadza, CR Ervine, SC Williams, PJ Moor†, MN Waller, AG Cremer*, DT Tiripano, CT Mumba, CB Mpofu.
Match Timings: 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT)
The pitch looked like a typical Harare Sports Club surface, with a consistent layer of grass that should hold the surface together over five days without offering huge assistance to the seamers. October is the hottest month in Zimbabwe and no rain is forecast. Upul Tharanga and the uncapped Asela Gunaratne are likely to replace Mathews and Chandimal in Sri Lanka’s line-up. Teenage fast bowler Lahiru Kumara could also make a debut depending on Sri Lanka’s combination.
Zimbabwe’s strength is their batting. Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine will form the core, and Peter Moor is certain to play. Moor has occasional back issues, and Regis Chakabva keeping wicket could mean no place in the team for Sikandar Raza. Carl Mumba is likely to make a debut, but Musakanda might have to wait.
Test no. 2228 | 2016/17 season
Played at Harare Sports Club
29,30,31 October 1,2 November 2016 (5-day match)
Umpires – SD Fry and RJ Tucker
TV umpire – TJ Matibiri
Match referee – BC Broad
Reserve umpire – RB Tiffin
Sri Lanka 317/4 90 overs